• Dead Lock

  • DI Nick Dixon Crime, Book 8
  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Early on a cold Somerset morning, ten-year-old Alesha Daniels is reported missing by her father, a violent alcoholic. Her mother, a known drug addict, is found unconscious, but it’s her mother’s boyfriend the police are keen to trace. 

As the hunt for Alesha gathers pace, a second local girl is taken, plunging another family into the depths of despair. 

Cutting short his holiday, DI Nick Dixon races home to join the Major Investigation Team, but no sooner has he identified a network of local suspects than they begin to show up dead. 

At odds with his superiors, Dixon is convinced the child abductions are anything but random, but nobody is prepared for the investigation to lead quite so close to home. 

Can Dixon and his team crack the case before all the suspects are silenced? And will he find the missing girls before it’s too late?

©2018 Damien Boyd (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent as usual!

DEAD LOCK is Book 8 in Damien Boyd's DI Nick Dixon modern detective series. I've written reviews of the prior seven novels in the series. Boyd never disappoints. Narration is again by Napoleon Ryan. For a man with a deep voice he does a great job with female voices.

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Five star book and 10 star narration..



I absolutely love the DI Nick Dixon books. This was involved the kidnappings of two 10 year old girls but they had nothing to do with each other, and thankfully neither girl was hurt.

Nick and Jane were on holiday when the first girl was taken and Jane, Nick's girlfriend, was called back home but Nick stayed behind so he wasn’t really even in the book until chapter 5 or 6, I forget which one. It was worth the wait though. You can always depend on Nick and Jane to solve the crimes so cleverly.

This was a really good book. Plus one of the bad guys got away so there will be another book. Yay!

No sex and the F-bomb was used 42 times.

As to the narration: *Sigh* I just love Napoleon Ryan. His voices are awesome, whether it’s a man’s voice or a woman’s, he great at either one. And his emotions when he reads are off-the-wall.

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Nick and Jane, Kidnapping and Murder

DI Nick Dixson and DS Jane Winters return early from their holiday to investigate the kidnapping of a ten-year-old girl. Alesha, the young girl, has ran off before, but always returned. Her mother is a drug addict, her dad an alcoholic, and she rides her bike from one place to another, looking out for herself most of the time. But when a second girl is kidnapped, from an intact family, with similar circumstances, the authorities are at a loss as to the reasons. The second girl is the granddaughter of Dr. Roger Poland, state pathologist and close friend of Nick Dixson. This is a very well written story which will draw you in immediately. It is made richer by the details of Nick and Jane’s personal life, including the appearance of Jane’s younger sister, Lucy, who has run away from her foster parents. As the race to find the two girls continues, details emerge which assist the police in finding the kidnappers. But it is a winding road which goes in directions most unexpected. The conclusion is top notch and well worth the wait! I will definitely be continuing the series!

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A Great Series

Excellent character development makes you want to know more about them. Some of the best narration on Audible.

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Dead Lock

Fantastic performance of Napoleon Ryan. He is very talented narrator. His brilliant narration kept me listening.

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Entertaining series that has never disappointed

DI Nick Dixon is a believable, likable character with a great supporting cast. An excellent choice for those who appreciate well written plots and English sensibilities. Napoleon Ryan is a an elite story teller who differentiates character voices with ease. I can listen to him read a crossword puzzle.

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The Best So Far!

Hold on to your hats for a very exciting conclusion to this one! This author keeps getting better and better.

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Each book gets better and better

So glad I found this series, looking forward to the next book. Read from the start, relationships are important to the stories.

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  • 06-10-18

Loved it but got a bit confused

I really enjoyed this and loved all the previous books but I got a bit confused at the end. I may have been a bit distracted was listening on my iPod while I cleaned the house but I lost track of who some of the suspects were. I will have to listen again in a few months .

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Another Winner !!

My praise for this fine book goes this time for the incomparably Great Napoleon Ryan.

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  • Frances Green
  • 10-06-18

Shocking

The story is excellent but unfortunately the narration was truly awful. It was such a shame as I love Damien Boyd novels 😢.

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  • SJB
  • 11-10-18

The narration spoils a good book.

I do not enjoy writing negative reviews. Indeed I normally just don’t review if I haven’t got positive things to say, but I’m afraid this audio performance is really rather poor. It certainly doesn’t represent good value.

At a couple of points in the listening of the narration, I genuinely found myself wondering if it was a computerised voice. Intonation and inflection doesn’t seem to roll from one word to another. So often I would have to find myself re-playing in my mind the sentence I just heard, toying with a different intonation until the sentence made sense in the context of the story.

I’m sorry to say it, but it really is awful and I couldn’t recommend anyone spends money on this. It makes it awfully hard to follow the story.

In fact I am currently less than a third of the way through and I think that’s enough for me. I’ll read the the rest of it on my kindle.

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  • john
  • 06-05-18

Appalling narration

Couldn’t enjoy this book as the narration was so bad,completely over acted!!! Female was breathless all through the book!!!! Pity as the story was good

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  • James Blackwell
  • 06-03-18

Fantastic story, narration not so good

Love the story but I find the narrator very hard to follow! Hard to put a finger on but I really don’t like the accents that are put on!

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  • Mrs Lisa O Cove
  • 10-24-18

Good but bad narration

The narration of this book with all the put on voices for each character was awful

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  • M Gauntlett
  • 07-12-18

Narration really awful

I wish I had read the reviews first.
I found the narration to be so awful that I couldn't concentrate on the story.
I failed to finish the book.

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  • Rhys Williams
  • 07-09-18

Story ok, narration terrible.

Normally like these books, have read all the previous instalments by kindle so was looking forward to seeing what the audiobook had to offer as I don’t often get time to sit with a book now. However, terribly disappointed in the narrators style, sounds like a cheap imitation at someone trying to add mystery to their tone, yes this is a crime story but this is borderline comical.

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  • Pastorclarke
  • 07-01-21

Reading is the only way

I love audio books but they so rely on a good narrator. This audio book is spoiled by a poor one. I bought and read it and loved it.

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  • Gill
  • 05-12-20

Better to read than listen to it

A good story but the narrative really let's it down. Not a very good performance at all.

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  • Steve
  • 09-26-18

Excellent !!

This book, in fact, the entire series gas been excellent! I can't wait for the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-20

Mediocre.

Whilst the story was above average, the voices of the performers was irritatingingly annoying, and spoiled any enjoyment of the book.
The voice of Jane was exaggeratedly breathy; and the men’s voices were similarly exaggerated, although not breathy. There was no middle ground between highly fancy, and proper, on the one extreme, and coarsely uneducated at the other. The “nonchalant” attitude and expression by the character of Dixon was gratingly overdone.
I would not recommend this book to anyone, and will certainly avoid any books narrated by this cast.

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  • J.R
  • 06-23-20

Excellent Listening

Thoroughly enjoyed this story, great narration and enjoyed the dry humour. Loved the characters they were very relatable. I can't wait for the next audible next book in this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-19

Amazing

This series just keeps getting better and better. Nice to see Jane get a bigger role in this one and it’s fantastic to have the same narrator all the way through. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Sheena Avison
  • 07-22-18

Worst audio

I couldn’t finish this story the audio was so bad. If you have a Scottish person for goodness sake get a proper Scottish accent

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  • Jane-Anne.
  • 06-28-18

loved it

Great story,coudn't put it down I have all 7 of D.I.Nick Dixon, Loved all of them Damien Boyd is a favourite author of mine.